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How to wear your shoes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by johntwist, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    This may seem like a dumb one to you vets out there.

    I know the plow shoes are there so if you're doing dirt or gravel you can lower them to keep from tearing up the dirt or gravel with the snow. Is there any other use for the shoes besides this??

    And, if you know you're going to be doing all asphalt, is it better to leave the shoes on in the up position, or just take them off altogether??

    My guess is just take 'em off, but I'd like to hear what you all think.

  2. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    Never mind!

    I should've done a search first, but didn't think of it.

    I would delete this thread if I could but I don't see any way to do it, they must not allow it.

    Anyway, it seems most of you feel the shoes are good for fishing sinkers and that's about it. I'm not going to be doing any cobble or paving stones, so I'll just take them off. They probably will just be in the way of back dragging too.

    The only thing that bugs me is that it seems silly that they make and fit them if they are pretty much useless. It's kind of like putting PVC pipe together, I know guys who say you don't need the primer, just glue it. It is true that it will work for the time being. The problem is it won't hold up over time. That's why it's called a solvent-welded joint. The primer is a necessary part of the chemical reaction which bonds the material and makes a good connection. Why would they make the primer if you didn't need to use it? You do need to use it.

    I never thought I could compare plumbing with plow shoes. You learn something new everyday :redbounce
  3. dzines

    dzines Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I didn't do a search...so I don't know what all you read...But, I have to have the shoes when i do a gravel drive especially with a wet snow, or the blade scrapes more rock than snow......I don't leave home with out them. But I do adjust them a lot, and I do raise them about an inch off the ground when I'm doing my asphalt lots.

    However, I don't use them much at all in Feb, March when the ground is frozen like a rock. I get a lot of Freeze/thaw here though.
  4. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    In my limited experience with plow shoes, I feel that they only help in preventing cutting edge wear when plowing streets.

    I've never had them give me any better results in a stone driveway. They just gouge the heck out of the driveway. I do much better feathering it over stone driveways.
  5. PolarBear

    PolarBear Member
    Messages: 39

    I usually ..................

    Wear them on my feet :p :) :bluebounc
  6. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge Senior Member
    Messages: 237


    they came off when new an they make good door proppers . shoes are a waste of time just float the blade an get busy!!
  7. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    Alternative uses for plow shoes...

    10. Boat anchor.
    9. Door wedge.
    8. Dumbell.
    7. Toe stubber.
    6. Hammer.
    5. Garage floor clutter.
    4. Ebay trash.
    3. Wheel chocks.
    2. Something to toss at unsuspecting motorists that pull out in front of you while you are plowing.

    And the #1 use for plow shoes is....

    Damnit!! I can't think of anything. Lil' help?? :eek:
  8. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    LOL, don't mince words Chris, tell us what you really think! :)
  9. crashz

    crashz Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    The #1 use for plow shoes...

    ... cufflinks for a giant!

    Ok - cut me some slack. Its Saturday morning and I'm slightly hung over. :)
  10. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    I HAVE 5 plows all of them have shoes on we do not plow without them, on pavement they are just barley touching. when we do twp roads or stone its a must, on twp roads they keep the plow from catching man hole covers, talk about a way to tear a plow up. its all in what type plowing you are doing :waving:
  11. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    shoes would come off everytime i got a new plow. I can't stand using them!!!
  12. usabestsnoplowr

    usabestsnoplowr Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    some customers I have, heard rumors that the guy who plows a drive way should have shoes on. I leave my shoes on the plows just the mold board would be wearing by th time they contact the ground Basicly that is where I set then even with the mold board so when the shoes start to touch the ground change the blade!!!!!
  13. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    I wear my shoes laced up tight and I keep my jeans over the top of them. I hate snow in my shoes.. :rolleyes: